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Don Quixote: Which Interpretation Is The Most Correct?

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Moore 1Nirmine P.A. MooreMr. John CabascangoIB English HL27 October 2014The Many Interpretations of Don Quixote: Which one is the most correct?Being an old book of over 400 years, Cervantes' Don Quixote has been read by many all over the world and has been translated into 60 different languages (online-literature.com). However, being available to such a global audience makes the novel susceptible to being interpreted in several different ways; from the belief that the novel was written only to make people laugh at Don Quixote's foolishness, to the belief that the character of Don Quixote is a symbol that represents the islamophobes present in Europe at the time the novel was written. One cannot be absolutely certain as to which interpretation is the correct one, but, by looking at a variety of interpretations and historical fact, one can conclude that, because of Spain's intolerance of non-Christians at the time and Cervantes' Jewish ancestry, the most plausible interpretation is that there is hidden Jewish meaning in Don Quixote.There has long been an argument between those who believe that Don Quixote was meant to be a fool for the audience to laugh at, and those who believe he was meant to be a hero that inspires people. Those who see Don Quixote as a fool are called hard critics, their opposition known as soft critics. Those who do not fall into either category are called perspectivists or relativists. A significant amount of the English audience sided with Quixote and, although they may laugh at him, instead of ridiculing him, they sympathized with him. They saw him as a hero because he stood firmly by his beliefs, no matter how ridiculous they may have seemed (spainthenandnow.com). Harold Bloom, an American literary critic and Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, believes that Don Quixote was not a madman nor a fool. He says that Don Quixote's vision was double, meaning he saw what everyone else saw, but he also saw something else and that it was something that Don Quixote wanted to share with others (wikipedia.com. theguardian.com). Some say that Don Quixote aimed to make all wrongs right and, although his approach was not modern for his time, he still managed to bring some good into the world around him and that this indirectly made him a hero. They see his delusions as a representation of the desires that are present in all humans for a perfect, fairytale world (onlinephilosophyclub.com). Others say that Don Quixote was a hero because he only aimed to make the earth an exceptional place. They see him as someone who wanted to rekindle an old practice and that, although the things he did may have seemed absurd, they were all done with noble intentions (enotes.com). However, since the 1960s, many people have been pushing for others to reappraise the popular view of Don Quixote as a heroic character; they believe that people must go back to seeing Quixote as a comical figure (spainthenandnow.com). They see Don Quixote's...

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